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Reading, Music, Films

2010/02/22

I’m reading Escape by Carolyn Jessop, a former member of the FLDS church, the cult led by the now jailed Warren Jeffs.   It’s very interesting and well written.  She was blessed to have been allowed to attend college and learn of something outside of her own world, which was small.  She was married off to a 50 year old man who already had 4 wives.  I think he eventually had 7 wives.  Obviously, after years of many kinds of abuse and in fear for the safety of her children & herself, she escaped.  I haven’t gotten to that part yet. 

Friday night my friend, Amanda, and I stayed up until 5:30 am watching movies.  We hadn’t seen each other in several months, so initially we spent hours catching up.  Then we watched Walk the Line & Coal Miner’s Daughter (her favorite film).  I liked Walk the Line more than I expected to.  I’ve always felt like his 1st wife (Vivian) endured a lot, bore him 4 daughters, and is ignored in his histories, or made out to be bitchy.  She was in Walk the Line, especially.  Usually she is just ignored.  I want to read her book.  She wrote one before she passed in 2005.

I hadn’t seen Coal Miner’s Daughter in a long time.  It’s great, because of the wonderful actors.   The music is great, too.  I’d like to have the soundtrack to that & to Walk the Line.  I have a bunch of Johnny Cash albums & a few of June Carter’s.  I love the old stuff, but the American Recordings with Rick Rubin are exceptional.  My absolute favorite is the 3rd one, Unchained.  Every single song is great.  It’s the one on which he covers Sound Garden’s Rusty Cage.   Every song is gutsy, soulful, just great. 

Rick Rubin also produced the last one the Dixie Chicks did-Taking the Long Way, which, of course, is excellent.  Amazes me 7 years ago people were burnin their Dixie Chicks CDs because of one little thing their singer said during a concert, yet celebrities, media personalities under the guise of journalism, and many others call Obama horrible names with no backlash.  I try not to think about it, but the rancor in our public discourse & in government is disturbing.  Puts me in a negative mood to think about it.

Okay, going back to my book.  I’m hoping my heart receives a poem soon.  I love writing poetry.

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3 Responses to “Reading, Music, Films”


  1. Oh, I LOVED Carolyn Jessop’s book, in fact I wrote a whole long thing about it on my blog (I have a minor obsession with the FLDS, haha). I love Coal Miner’s Daughter, too. Obviously we both have excellent taste in things, and as such I should add you to my blogroll. I’m so glad you reached out – and good luck with your poetry!

  2. Jaymie Says:

    Now I have Johnny Cash songs going through my head. 🙂


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